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I've currently got a set of Design Acoustics PS-CV monitors (seen below) and a Design Acoustics PS-SW 10" sub. The monitors are rated at 10-75w, 8ohms with a 88dB sensitivity. The sub specs I don't know exactly, but I believe that it is 150w @ 8ohms and 88dB sensitivity. These are hooked via 14 gauge (for the sub) and 16 gauge (for the monitors) wire to my Onkyo A-RV401 receiver. This is connected to my X-Fi by a RCA to 3.5mm plug.

My question is as follows: Would I be better off with a Z-5500? They can be had for $150 to $200 now, and I was thinking about picking up a set.



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Well if the Z-5500 are as good as my Z-5300 I would say yes!

We have some monitors at school, very nice ones I might add, and they are very clear, but they can't get too loud...
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Originally Posted by AMD+nVidia View Post
Well if the Z-5500 are as good as my Z-5300 I would say yes!

We have some monitors at school, very nice ones I might add, and they are very clear, but they can't get too loud...
they are better. i have a set and i will never go back to anything else.
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absolutely not. If anything spend your money on better bookshelf monitors.
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It depends what you're main usage will be. I don't think you'll be happy using a home setup for playing computer games and general pc use. The speakers are designed to have high dispersion and are far too revealing. I've tried using high end equipment several times with my pcs and hated it every time. I prefer my 5.1 and 4.1 computer systems for gaming. It simply sounds better to me and less harsh to my ears. If your main use will be movies or music listening, that's an entirely different story.
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